Archive for perspective

Ya Don’t Know What’cha Got Till It’s Gone

Do you realize that when you rise up out of a chair and walk across a room that you are living fingers with smiley and sad facessomeone’s dream?  The simple act of brushing your teeth or taking a shower is another person’s unattainable goal.  When my rash was at it’s painful peak I found myself noticing all the clear complexions around me.

Take a moment and think about what has bothered you today.  Imagine airing your complaints to a new amputee at Walter Reed.

There is validity to most of our complaints but, many times, not much perspective – not in the big scheme of things anyway.  We all strive to better our lot in life, as we should.  But, in the course or wanting things to be different we should salt our despair with perspective.

Keep your head and heart on the grateful, thankful side of life.

There is a lot of wisdom in the expression, “Ya don’t know what’cha got till it’s gone.”

Pay attention

The task for us is to make ourselves available to God each day and to pay attention.  – Adam Hamilton, author of Why? Making Sense of God’s Will        boy and girl watching

Paying attention has been on my heart lately.  It takes so little effort to make someone feel good and appreciated.  Actually, the reverse is true as well.  Simple actions can make or break a day.

People who make other people feel good are people you want to be around.  Time when people are around you is time and opportunity for you to witness.  Anytime you do something kind is a witness.  The reverse of that is true as well.

Mr. Hamilton is right.  I want to be more available to God and pay more attention; to God and His children.

The Only 100% Guarantee

2 Corinthians 5:5

Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, simple wooden crossguaranteeing what is to come.

For over 2 decades my profession was in the financial services industry.  I worked in several capacities for financial advisors.  Clients would seek the services of advisors to guide them through the process of preserving assets and accumulating wealth.  They wanted some assurance, some guarantee, of what was to come.

There is no investment, no insurance policy, no piece of real estate that can guarantee what is to come.  2 Corinthians 5:5 gives us all the advice needed if we want a 100% guaranteed investment for our future.

Giving our lives over to God, completely trusting in His love for us, allowing the Spirit to guide us, is the only 100% guarantee for our future that we have.  And we have it because He gives it to us.  All we have to do is take it.